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Congress has just passed another bill to help the people whose finances are taking a beating from the pandemic. Once again, some of us will be getting money by check or direct deposit. The timing and details are still TBA, but here’s what we know:

  1. The government won’t ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  2. The government won’t call, text, email, or contact you on social media to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  3. There’s no such thing as getting your money early, or faster. Anyone who says they can hook you up now (or soon) is both lying and a scammer.

We know from the early days of the CARES Act that scammers will be using numbers 1, 2, and 3, above, as part of their playbook. So, if you spot someone who says any of these things, you (a) know they’re a scammer; (b) can warn someone you know about the scam, because (chances are) they’ll get that call, text, or email, too; and (c) can tell the FTC so we can work to stop scammers and warn people about them: ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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You just have continue to remind folks of what to be aware of.
It is frightening for folks when they have to be afraid to answer their phone when they need to talk with other people.
So please continue with the educational messages, people need to feel empowered to be able to have a life even when at point in time that life is very different than it could have been 1 year a go or will be a year from now.

Thank you for this information. As a matter of fact all of your alerts. I have been scammed in the early days but thanks to you and your diligence in keeping the public informed. I did report the scam the second time it was tried on me. Since then I block anything that comes to me via text, calls without identification as well as any and all emails . I tell my friends and family about your alerts and to sign up to your web site. Thank you again.

Without the FTC Consumer Scams, more innocent would be scammed for loads of money! So very true. I do not answer calls or texts from anyone or any phone number on my smart mobile phones Main Contact List ever & advise all to do so! Anyone I talk to I give the same advice to! And hope they take that advice seriously as I have for years. As no idiot airhead theif will ever get a penny from me & should find a REAL JOB!!!

Pitiful stimulus package

I agree, but every bit helps.

How do I send a picture of my ID to the direct express Email

I appreciate the advice that FTC gives us. I'm a senior and always love advice from a reliable source such ass FTC.

Thank you!

Thank you for the inf

I count on you guys to keep me on my toes about all the scams and rip offs...Thanks for doing a great job!!

Question: Who qualify s for this? Is it just businesses, or individuals, and do they have to be unemployed or can they be working part time? This issue has never been delineated. .

Thank you for that information and I appreciate it.

Thanks for reminding! We’ve been seeing a lot of folks fall for this and it certainly helps to have this page to show them.

I just had one email me.. they ask for only 47.00 to show we are serious about changing our lives.. broke means broke. I don’t have it... so it’s a scam.. had to listen to 1/2hour pitch...

Why don't they arrest these people..

Unfortunately many of these scams originate overseas which makes it virtually improbable that we will be able to track them down and prosecute them. Additionally, scammers are able to conceal their actual IP address so even if they are in our own backyard, we won’t even know it!

thx i still get your e-mails even if i live in Wyoming. great inf. but one thing yall need to do is get cheaper than dirt out of Texas. they up there prices to screw everyone. sad co should move to calif lol. thank you.

HI! MY NAME IS MS. LONNIE M GRANT. I NEVER GOT MY FIRST STIMULATE CHECK, SO IAM ASKING , WHEN WILL I RECIEVE IT ON MY DIRECT DEPOSIT CARD !

I have the same problem. I applied 3 months ago with EDD and havent recieved anything. They are constantly asking for more info. I desperately need the money.

I filed 2018 and got the stimulus for my one claimed dependent from 2018, I didn’t file in 2019 and in 2020 both dependents live with me. my son was claimed for 6 months for 2019 so the claimant (family) got 6months on taxes and the second stimulus for my son, my daughter was claimed by family (again) for 2019 so I’m presuming they’ll be getting her dependant money for the second stimulus package. I wish the tool to add dependents was still up to right before the package was approved so those of us who had our dependents we are having to file for in 2021 for 2020 taxes were getting the stimulus to help us out because that’s what it’s for right? The people who actually take care of our kids through this pandamic in 2020. My children aren’t being taken care of either of the people who claimed our kids in 2019 tax season. It’s not fair when there’s those of us who have family that don’t do the right thing and use that money for the kids claimed, or give it to the actual providers (in this case I’m the mother with both kids) . The cut off date for the irs tool to add a dependent was months ago. What happens when kids move, or the main parent has switched due to jobs changing, what’s best for you child, or court orders.
Now I have to figure out how to claim them but what If someone already received stimulus for them due to the them going by 2019 taxes??

i got mine stimulus 2.0 new years night

Were my stimulus check

I haven't got any stimulus nor my kids must have been forgot about

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